SOFTBALL: WCWS Preview – Georgia vs. Oklahoma State

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SOFTBALL: WCWS Preview – Georgia vs. Oklahoma State

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Georgia (34-21) vs. #5 Oklahoma State (47-10)
Dates: June 3-9, 2021
First Pitch vs. OSU: Thursday, 2 p.m., ET
Location: Oklahoma City
Stadium: USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium

Media Information
TV: networks of ESPN
   Play-by-play: Kevin Brown
   Analysis: Amanda Scarborough
Streaming: ESPN app (all games)
Radio:Westwood One Sports
Twitter Updates@UGAsoftball





Georgia softball is set to make its fifth program appearance in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City this week. The Bulldogs open play in USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium against Oklahoma State Thursday, June 3 at 2 p.m., ET. 

The Women’s College World Series features eight teams, squaring off in a double-elimination tournament format. The final two teams will play for the National Championship in a best-of-three championships series, which will begin June 7.

Follow the Bulldogs
» All games of the Women’s College World Series will air on the networks of ESPN. Georgia’s game against Oklahoma State will air on ESPN. Kevin Brown (play-by-play) along with Amanda Scarborough (analyst) and Jalyn Johnson (reporter) will be on the call. 
» All games will stream live on the ESPN app. 
» All games of the Women’s College World Series will be broadcast via Westwood One Sports. Westwood One Sports can be found on Sirius XM channel 84, via the Tune In Radio app, and online at Ryan Radtke and Destinee Martinez will be on the call for Thursday’s game. 
» Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at as well as the interactive bracket on
» Live Twitter updates will be available at the official Twitter page of Georgia softball, @UGAsoftball.





A Look at What’s Ahead
The winner Game 2 will advance to Friday’s Game 5 to face the winner of Oklahoma and James Madison. The losers of Games 1 and 2 will square off Saturday at noon in Game 7. 

Series Histories
» Georgia trails the all-time series against Alabama 20-49
» The Tide have won the last eight games including sweeping the series in Athens this season
» Georgia and Alabama have never met in the postseason
» The Bulldogs are 1-3 all-time against Alabama on a neutral field, all in the SEC Tournament 
» Georgia trails the all-time series, 2-3
» The Bulldogs and Wildcats have never met in the postseason
» Most recent meeting was in Cathedral City in 2012
Florida State
» Georgia trails the all-time series, 8-9
» The Bulldogs and Seminoles have a long history in the postseason, meeting nine times. FSU has won five of the nine postseason meetings. The teams have split two meetings (2016, 2018) in OKC 
» The last six meetings have all been in the postseason 
James Madison 
» Georgia leads the all-time series, 5-0
» The Bulldogs and Dukes last met in the shortened 2020 season in Athens
» Four of the five all-time meetings have been in Athens
» Georgia and JMU have never met in the postseason
» Georgia leads the all-time series against Oklahoma, 4-3
» The Bulldogs and Sooners split a doubleheader on April 20 in Athens. Georgia’s game one win snapped OU’s 40-game win streak. 
» The first five meetings were in Cathedral City, California, most recently in 2015. Georgia won the game 6-5. 
» Georgia and OU have never met in the postseason
Oklahoma State
» Georgia trails the all-time series, 2-3
»  The last two meetings were in the 2016 Athens Regional. Georgia fell to OSU in the first game of the regional final but won the second to win the regional. Georgia went on to the WCWS that season after knocking off Florida in the Super Regional
» Georgia trails the all-time series, 2-15
» In postseason play, Georgia is 1-6 against the Bruins
» The last postseason meeting was in the 2010 WCWS 

NCAA Tournament Tidbits
» 2021 is Georgia’s 19th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance
» Georgia’s all-time record in postseason is 74-39 including 55-19 in regional play
» The Bulldogs have appeared in 11 Super Regionals with a 13-12 Super Regional record
» 2021 will be Georgia’s fifth program appearance in the Women’s College World Series (2009, 2010, 2016, 2018, 2021). Georgia’s all-time WCWS record is 6-8. 
» In opening games, Georgia is 2-2 in OKC, winning its opening game in 2010 and 2016
» Georgia has matched up with only one Big 12 team in the WCWS: Missouri in 2009
» 2021 is the first time Georgia has ever advanced to a Super Regional and WCWS when it wasn’t a national seed 
» The last time an unseeded team made it to OKC was 2012 (LSU, USF). Georgia pitching coach Rachele Fico was on that LSU team to make it to OKC. 
» An unseeded team has only won the opening-round game twice: LSU in 2012, Louisiana in 2008
» 2021 is the fourth time Georgia has swept its way to Oklahoma City 
» In Athens, Georgia is 43-11 in postseason play; the Bulldogs swept their way to Oklahoma City in 2018, defeating Harvard, Northwestern, and No. 10 Tennessee in Athens. The last postseason loss in Athens was May 22, 2016 against Oklahoma State
» In her 25-year career, head coach Lu Harris-Champer has taken teams to 23 regional appearances, advancing to 13 Super Regionals and seven Women’s College World Series
» The Bulldogs have played the eventual National Champions three times: Washington in 2009, UCLA in 2010, and Florida State in 2018

Avant and Bulldogs Make History in Super Regional
Graduate pitcher Mary Wilson Avant became the first-ever Bulldog to pitch back-to-back shutouts for Georgia in postseason play, shutting out No. 4 Florida in both games of the Gainesville Super Regional. The last time Florida was shut out in back-to-back games was 2012. The Gators have only been shut out in back-to-back post season games once, back in 1998 in their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Avant allowed only seven hits through 14 innings to the Gators, including nine strikeouts in game one. 

Fields has ‘Super’ Performance in Gainesville
In her first start in the lineup since May 1 against Alabama, Jaiden Fields made the most of her opportunity in game one against No. 4 Florida. The redshirt-sophomore finished the game 3-for-3 including a go-ahead solo home run in the third. The next day, she hit another home run. She finished the Super Regional going 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI and three runs scored. 

Fields is 5-for-7 (.714) in three appearances in the 2021 NCAA Tournament with four runs scored. 





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